Sunday, 6 January 2013

Happy New Year

It has been a festive period away from the computer.  Christmas was spent in Berwick.  The only highlight was 24 red throated divers off Spital on the 26th Dec. 

The last week has been spent in Lincolnshire.  A summary of wildlife included a small number of grey seal pups (second largst colony on the east coast of England).  There were also a fly over waxwing and a number of little egrets.  On the 4th January, there were 3 little egrets, dark bellied brent geese and a good selection of waders and ducks.  The highlight of the trip were two peregrines talon grappling over-head.  It looked as though it was an adult and an immature female.  The male was very aggressive, targetting the head of the juvenile several times.

It was good to be back in North.  A walk on the beach yesterday at Boulmer produced 7 species of waders, five species of duck, good numbers of rock pipit (15), linnets (90+) with a small number of twite.

There was aslo a passage of pink-footed geese north - 45 north over Alnwick, 75 north over Whittingham

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